Saturday, May 4, 2013

Eragon: the Drrrraagon moovieeee

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It doesn’t matter if you believe in dragons. What matters is if you are ready to own one.

Eragon (Ed Speleers), a farm boy gets a dragon for himself, and becomes a Dragon Rider to save the land of Alagaësia from the cruel and despotic ruler Galbatorix. The seventeen year old boy was out hunting at night, with his uncle peacefully asleep in their house. Arya, the princess of Ellesméra is chased by the wicked shade named Durza, a sorcerer. Arya had stolen a stone from the king, Galbatorix. When Arya (Sienna Guillory) is sure she is busted by Durza, she transports the stone to another place and it appears in front of Eragon, the naïve farm boy, in his adventure at night in the woods.

Stefen Fangmeier’s direction is praiseworthy. He condensed the bulky book that goes by the same name as the movie, written by the American writer, Christopher Paolini. Mark D. Rosenthal and Jesse Wigutow, the two screen writers, clearly helped Fangmeier to condense the novel into the movie. And it works too, although to a certain extent. Frankly, it is not The Lord of the Rings.

Whether Eragon, the village boy could raise himself to be the saviour of a land is the theme of the movie. The dragon egg that Arya transports to Eragon hatches and a little dragon comes out of it. Within the length of a few days itself, the dragon grows bigger. You might think if a dragon grows so fast, will it get aged early, too? But then that will be like asking why there are two ‘d’s in Buddha.
Sienna Guillory
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It’s not very clear to me if they have hired the guys from The Lord of the Rings, but still, the graphics and special effects are fairly good. There is a lot of influence by the Gallic culture. For instance, the name Galbatorix means 'the big king'. Most of the magic words used in the movie too are taken directly from the ancient European culture. 

The dragon that comes out of the blue egg, and becomes the companion to Eragon is called Saphira. Just like any other dragon, she is expected to spit fire. But we have to wait until she gets matured and grows up to the age when she can play with fire. There is one thing special, though, about Saphira. She can read Eragon’s mind, because he is her rider.
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If you still remember the dragons and sorcerers from the mind of the child you once were, you will like this movie. Otherwise, you may not.  

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